Viewing: Massachusetts

Falmouth MA: Your First Beach Stop on Cape Cod

WHY GO: Falmouth MA, in the extreme southwest corner of Cape Cod, encompasses the tiny burg of Woods Hole – a Getaway Maven hot spot – and the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard – another Maven fave. But there are things to see in Falmouth as well, including a recently renovated Victorian mansion turned art museum, […] Read More

Berkshires MA: Stunning in Every Season

WHY GO: Arlo Guthrie made Alice’s Restaurant famous here. Norman Rockwell lived and composed his iconic Saturday Evening Post covers here. Inexplicably, Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick here, far from any sea, and Edith Wharton designed her own ideal home here. In the summer The Berkshires MA towns are jammed with Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow […] Read More

Element Boston Seaport, Boston MA

Newly opened in Jan 2016, Westin’s Element Boston Seaport (one of Starwood’s “Specialty Select” Brands, including Aloft and 4-Points by Sheraton) will certainly fill up with relocation, business, and home restoration clientele (through insurance company claims), or when a convention convenes at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, just steps from the front door. Though not LEED […] Read More

Aloft Hotel, Seaport District, Boston MA

The Aloft Boston Seaport is the funky and wild little sister to the responsible older brother that is Element Hotel next door. Element is neutral colors, properly tidy, and environmentally conscious. Aloft is just crazy fun. Miles from downtown and quite a walk to the waterfront, Aloft (along with its neighbor, Element) is perfect for […] Read More

Envoy Hotel, Boston MA

Opened in June 2015, the 136-room Envoy, a Boston Seaport Autograph Collection by Marriott Hotel, became an instant sensation. It’s easy to see why. Built from the ground up (as opposed to Marriott’s typical upscale Autograph Collection property carved from an existing historic building) next door to the Barking Crab – a popular Boston dive bar […] Read More

Plymouth MA and the True Thanksgiving Story

Every American child grows up hearing the Thanksgiving story. If I remember it correctly, it goes something like this. A bunch of pointy-hat Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the Mayflower, landed on Plymouth rock, and met some Native Americans who treated them to a harvest meal. There may have been a few more steps along […] Read More

The Witch Trials Memorial in Salem, MA

A yellow flower sat on each of twenty simple granite stones at the Witch Trial Memorial in Salem, Massachusetts. Each was a reminder of the fourteen women and six men who were accused of being witches in 1692 and later tried, convicted, and executed. Designed by Maggie Smith and James Cutler, the monument was inspired by […] Read More

Rockport MA: On Massachusetts’ “Other Cape” – Cape Ann

WHY GO: Rockport MA is a seaport village as imagined by Hollywood. Roads turn into lanes that front a busy lobster-boat filled harbor. Fishing shacks, now art galleries and boutiques, seem precariously balanced on waterfront rock walls and piers. This picture-perfect New England seafront town is nearly 200 miles from the town of the same name […] Read More

Yankee Clipper Inn: Rockport MA

Where else can you spy an Atlantic Ocean sunrise through a porthole window in your shower? This 8 room inn (13 rooms in total with the Bullfinch House across the street), perched over a rocky coastline, stands about a mile from town, and is perfect for the traveler who cares less for stylized perfection and […] Read More

Newbury St. Boston MA: The Ultimate Girlfriend Shopping Getaway

Every year, for 15 years, Sara and I have been meeting for a girlfriend “Shop Newbury St in Boston” getaway. She drives up from Philly, I tool up from Connecticut, and we spend three days popping into shops and stopping for meals from one end of Newbury to another. Fifteen years brings change to commercial […] Read More

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